Inspired by my Dinner at the Manor partner in crime Martini Man, I started watching Thomasina Miers’ new show Mexican Food Made Simple this week. (I missed it last week as I was funnily enough with MM plotting for the supper club!).
On the show this week she made a fabulous roasted salsa and I couldn’t believe how simple, quick and easy it was. Now I’ve made salsa in the past, but usually just by chopping up the ingredients and mixing together. The dry frying / charring of the tomatoes, garlic and chilli whole, and in their skins, really brings a nice depth of flavour. It was hot, sweet, slightly sour and delicious! I think the next time I try it I’m going to have a go with scotch bonnets / habaneros to give a really fiery kick!
We served it with some home made tortillas, but it would be delicious with fish, chicken or steak.
Safe to say this is my go-to salsa recipe now!
Roasted Tomato and Chilli Salsa
(Adapted from Mexican Food Made Simple)
4-5 x ripe tomatoes, depending on size, whole
1 x jalapeno chilli
3 x cloves garlic in their skins
1 small – medium onion, diced finely
A handful of coriander, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
Salt & pepper
Pinch of sugar (optional)
In a dry pan, cook the whole tomatoes, chilli and garlic until blackened and blistered. The tomatoes will take longer than the chilli and garlic cloves, so take the tomatoes and garlic out after about 5-10 minutes.
Squeeze the garlic out of their skins and mash up in a pestle and mortar with a little salt. De-seed the charred chilli if you don’t want the salsa too hot (I didn’t) and then add it to the pestle and mortar and pound again.
Once the tomatoes are cooked through and blackened, add the tomatoes one by one and smash away. If there are any huge chunks of seeds then removed them.
Add the coriander, onions and lime and mix. Season to taste and maybe a pinch of sugar if you think it needs some sweetness.
If you don’t have a pestle and mortar then you can just whack everything into a blender, but you will lose that rustic texture which I love.
For the tortillas, just chop up some tortillas, brush / spray with oil, place on a tray and bake in a hot oven for about 5 mins.